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About bullersbackporch

I am a native Austinite, a high-tech Luddite, lover of music, movies and stories and a born trainer-explainer.

Double Dark Stars of Grief & Anger

I wrote about grief back in November as the winter holidays loomed large because I know holidays can be hard for anyone who has suffered loss. If a particular holiday is associated with that loss, that holiday will always be … Continue reading

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Songs of Will T. Massey — “A Heartbreak Away”

Hard to believe it’s been six years since Will’s last official CD release, The Weathering. I suppose we’re lucky he managed to finish that effort, given he was starting to fade back into the fog of schizophrenia again. This was … Continue reading

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Hard Winter for Granddad

Born in 1880, my grandfather, G.M.C. Massey, wrote memoirs describing his life in Texas. The winter of 1918-1919 saw him facing new hardships in San Angelo after he moved his family there to take a Star Mail contract. His first … Continue reading

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A Voice of Reason on Our (Ripped) Social Fabric

The debacle in D.C. a year ago today was not the first sign of rips in our social fabric. We Americans love to disagree and squabble. It’s what we do. But usually, we pull together and move on. More recently, … Continue reading

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Please Bear with My Half-Hibernation

Winter makes me sluggish. My inner bear surfaces briefly enough to yawn, scratch my belly, and lie down again. Blog posts become more intermittent, frequently appearing less frequently. We ended last year here in Cañon City with a lovely snowfall … Continue reading

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Songs of Will T. Massey — “Once Upon Forever”

Another song from Will’s 2016 release, The Weathering. I had heard him play some of the songs before, but this was a new one that didn’t catch my ear quickly. But I knew Will never included anything by accident. I’d … Continue reading

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Songs of Will T. Massey — “It’s Midnight All Day Long”

Will wrote this signature song during the LA production sessions for his debut MCA album, Will T. Massey. As he would point out later, the lyrics clearly reflected some of the storms inside his mind as he rode a rocket … Continue reading

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5 Years Later —Still Missing Will

It’s been 5 years since I last heard from my cousin,  Will T. Massey. He had already reduced contact during the prior year as he started slipping back into the shadows of his schizophrenia. He would call or text me … Continue reading

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A Christmas Collection

Merry Christmas, everyone! ‘Tis the season for Christmas music and Christmas movies and more, so here’s a few suggested reruns from the back porch of Christmas past. Our Favorite Christmas Movies (2019) Goodness knows there are Christmas movies a-plenty to … Continue reading

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Planting Shade Trees

“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” – Greek Proverb My friend, Brad Rowland, just made Forbes magazine for his efforts at rural revitalization.  as “part landlord, part cheerleader and … Continue reading

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